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A rise in unemployment numbers in Greymouth typifies what is happening in the regions under this government, says New Zealand First today. The number of unemployed in Greymouth has risen again moving from 596 last March to 642 while Westport shows a...

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The Fire Service will remain underfunded regardless of announcements made by the government today, says New Zealand First. Urban Search and Rescue will become part of the Fire Service, alongside rural and volunteer brigades. “This is the seventeenth...

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Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says it is pleasing to see that a recent CERA survey of former red zone owners shows the Crown's recovery objectives have largely been met. A CERA survey of more than...

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Trade Minister Todd McClay confirmed today New Zealand will host the 13th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade negotiation in Auckland from 12-18 June 2016. “RCEP aims to broaden and deepen existing Free Trade Agreements...

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Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced three new appointments and five re-appointments to five tertiary education institution councils. “I welcome the valuable knowledge and experience that the new appointees...

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Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017.   “The name of the new organisation – Fire and Emergency...

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  Changes to KiwiSaver withdrawal rules for buying a home will make it easier for second-chance homeowners, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. Yesterday, Nick released the first full year results of the HomeStart scheme, which showed...

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Another 350 schools will be able to access wireless technology, thanks to a funding increase for the Ministry of Education's Wireless School Network Upgrade Project (WSNUP), Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “An extra...

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More than 200 top business people will join Communications Minister Amy Adams for New Zealand's first Cyber Security Summit in Auckland next Thursday (May 5). Ms Adams signalled the summit at the launch of New Zealand's Cyber Security Strategy...

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It's a damning indictment on the Government that as workers gather to remember their lost workmates on Worker's Memorial Day, New Zealand's workplace death toll is still far too high, Labour's Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson...

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